DUMMERSTON -- School spending and town candidates are on the agenda for a special informational meeting set for Wednesday evening.
A public meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Dummerston School. The first order of business is the proposed fiscal year 2015 spending plan developed by the town school board.
Following that discussion, Dummerston Selectboard will introduce candidates running for town office and "facilitate a Q&A session with the public in attendance," said Amy Wall, chairwoman of Dummerston Town School Board.
Wall has warned that the school budget, though it features a spending increase of little more than 1 percent from the current year, could bring a significant tax hike for town property owners.
Dummerston's projected per-pupil spending remains above the state cap, and Wall has said a variety of factors related to the state's school-funding system will lead to a projected jump in local education taxes for the fiscal year beginning July 1.
"Even while holding the overall budgetary increase to 1.13 percent, the combined effects of the base tax rate, the base education payment, the equalized pupil count and the common level of appraisal result in a 20-cent overall increase in the education residential tax rate," she wrote last month in introducing the board's proposed budget.
The spending plan is set at $3.23 million, an increase of $36,197 from the current fiscal year. Wall has said the school board "sought to find that fine balance between maintaining a quality education for our students and remaining fiscally responsible for our community."
Members of the school board are expected to attend Wednesday's meeting to explain the budget, which is subject to voter approval at the March 4 Town Meeting starting at 10 a.m. at Dummerston School.
That same day, Australian Ballot voting will determine the holders of a number of town offices.
A sample ballot shows, however, that there is only one contested race: Beverly Kenney and Gurudharm Khalsa are vying for one available two-year Selectboard term.
For the other available Selectboard position, a three-year term, incumbent Steve Glabach is the sole candidate.
Selectboard member Bill Holiday elected to not pursue another term.
Other available Dummerston positions include town clerk and town treasurer, where incumbents Pam McFadden and Laurie Frechette are running uncontested, respectively.
On the school board, current members Katey Everest, Richard Mills and Dan Normandeau all are seeking new seats with no opposition.
Mike Faher can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-254-2311, ext. 275.